All this good stuff came about the same day. Love getting mail that ISNT a damn bill.
So there’s Duke Ellington in music, and cinema’s got Werner Herzog (herzog is similar to the title of Duke in German, the filmmaker changed his last name to Herzog when he first started out because he felt cinema needed a Duke like music’s Ellington). Now there’s the Duke of Zines writing and distributing and publishing great things off the Hard 50 Farm in Kansas: Jessie Duke. (pretty bad ass interview here) Read this collection, especially the story Pulling The Life From Spring. This type of candor is rare, even among zines, which, if nothing else, at their best are the purest candor.
Sample: “Tonight a young raccoon will scale the paddock fence, move the cement slab that leans against the duck-house door, and jimmy the latch open. She doesn’t have a chance.// In the morning I’ll hide in bed while James digs a hole for Jenny. It’s gotta be deep so nothin’ digs her up. I wonder how James keeps track of all the holes he’s dug. There aren’t any markers, far as I can tell. This is the hardest part for me. Knowing someone’s going in the ground. I don’t know where any of them are buried. I can’t know.”
There are 2 more stories from Duke, a poem from an unknown source & a rambler from Adam Gnade called Gospel Plow that was especially hard to read after the Connecticut school shootings, but nonetheless drew my attention and forced me to acknowledge the complexity of my sympathies towards the 2nd amendment. if im sympathetic at all, I found out within myself it’s not a simple sympathy.
Cool zine from 2 great writers. You can get The Hard Fifty Farm zine here
Got a sweet handpainted holiday card from Kevin Augustine and Lone Wolf Tribe. Since moving to San Francisco I’ve stopped working with The Tribe, but I am a huge fan of their theatre productions (lately dealing with stories that give voice to the complex problems of Veteran suicides, Soldiers returning home, Animal Cruelty, the nature of creation, and the boundlessness of the human spirit) and while living in Brooklyn, LWT was a major part of my life, a creative outlet, and my ticket to a short-lived life as a touring actor in Brazil. Happy Holidays Kev - Postcard’s beautiful!
If you’d like to buy one or check out their other cards and merch, go to the Lone Wolf Tribe facebook page for their store.
Also got this rad postcard from a zine festival in South Korea via this mad essay-writing-motherfucker Bart. Thanks man, Happy 2013 - May the doors be blown clean off by your engines